2.8: Changes in Kindergarten Achievement
In the final segment of this group interview, one of the teachers reflects on the changes in kindergarten achievement since the first year she taught, when the first grade teachers gave her and her colleagues "an earful" about where students needed to be when they began first grade. They have since clarified their goals and "understand what we needed to do."
Mona And I remember the first year that I taught. The first grade teachers, oh my goodness! Ts (laughter) Mona Our kids were not where they were supposed to be. And so we asked them, you know, what is that you need us to teach them? Where do they need to be when they go into first grade? Boy, we got an earful. And so that also helped us to you know, figure out what our goals were. And um, you know it never ends there. You just keep plugging along and you know, when the kids went to first grade last year, we got a lot of compliments from the first grade teachers. And they were saying, incredible! You know your kids came to first grade in a totally different light, and they were really excited about where they were. And so that I think that we seem to, first grade helped us to understand what we needed to do also.